Security
Bangladesh in 2022: Year-End Review and Way Forward

The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus was threatening the world at the beginning of 2022, and the impact was more severe in developing countries like Bangladesh. The pandemic impacted overall growth and dented the economy to a great extent. Most ....

COP 27 and its Outcomes

In this VIF podcast, PK Khup Hangzo, Associate Fellow and Heena Samant , Research Assistant at VIF discuss COP 27 and its outcomes. The episode is conversational and flags both the positive as well as negative outcomes of COP 27 which took place from....

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - December 14, 2022

Afghanistan
Attack on Kabul Hotel Sparks International Reactions: Tolo News
The attack on a hotel in the Shar-e-Naw area of Kabul on Monday has brought international condemnation and calls to action. The Chinese Ministry of Fo....

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest - November 21, 2022

Afghanistan
Norway Donates $22 Million to Afghanistan: Tolo News
Norway announced its package of NOK 220 million (approximately $22 million) for the UN and World Bank to enhance food security and provide basic services, the No....

Assessment of China’s 20th Party Congress

Presenting the Work Report titled ‘Hold High the Great Banner of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and Strive in Unity to Build a Modern Socialist Country in all Respects’, at the opening session of the 20th Party Congress on October 16, 202....

The China-Xinjiang-Central Asia Triangle: A Relationship beyond Economics and Religion

Over 50 countries in a joint statement condemned China’s alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang on 31st October, 2022. Yet again, none of the Muslim-majority countries from Central Asia which share both religious and ethnic ties with Xinjiang ....

I2U2 Grouping: Transformational Force for Global Good and India’s Strategic Imperatives

With the formation of I2U2 grouping comprising India, Israel, the USA, and the UAE a new strategic alliance has come into action towards promoting robust cooperation for establishing geostrategic and geo-economic equilibrium coupled with shared econo....

What Can BIMSTEC Deliver That SAARC Could Not?

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hosted the 5th BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit in a “hybrid mode” from 28 to 30 March 2022, marking the grouping’s 25 years of existence. As....

Pakistan in Flux- A bleak future ahead

“Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” which means, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The quote poignantly underscores the precarious situation of Pakistan, as it teeters from one to crisis to another. Every year the trou....

India's Foreign Secretary Visit to Myanmar in December 2021

10 months after the military coup, India made its first outreach to Myanmar. The Indian Foreign Secretary, Harsh Shringla's visit in the month of December 2021 was a significant step. To discuss India's engagement with Myanmar and whether India shou....

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